By lefthander Wandy Rodriguez's admission, he used to get more than a little flustered when he found himself in a jam. Those days appear to be in the rearview mirror as he heads into his 13th start of the season today against the Rays. Despite allowing seven hits against the Dodgers in his last start, Rodriguez worked six scoreless innings. Again and again this season, Rodriguez has done some of his best work when he's in a jam. Rodriguez is limiting opponents to a .234 batting average with runners on base. When runners are in scoring position, the average drops to .191. "When I started out (in the major leagues), when I saw the bases loaded I (would try) to get the guy out quickly and lose my concentration," Rodriguez said. "I used to get excited when I saw a situation. "Now I've learned to concentrate on where I want to throw the ball. When the bases are loaded, I stay the same and try to put the ball where I want. If he hits the ball, so what? In my mind, I have 100 percent concentration on what I want. If I want a fastball in, I try not to miss and throw in. Same thing with my breaking ball, all my pitches — relax and throw the ball where I want."
Wandy mastering the art of escaping jams
Houston Chronicle | Jun 24